Archives for November 2006

AMD Quad FX PC for Me

For years, people have been telling me to go with an AMD processor on my desktop. Well, that may have happened today – with the launch of AMD’s new Quad FX platform (formerly known as 4×4). I’ll be replacing my current system (running a slightly …continue reading

CNET Editor James Kim, Family Missing

When this news rolled into my inbox today, I was speechless. James Kim, formerly of TechTV and now CNET, has gone missing with his family. According to the information emailed to me today, Kim and his family were on their way …continue reading

XP Pro Drawbacks?

Today, Mike writes:


I have a question for you but before I ask it I would like to let you know a little about me. I have my A+ and MSDTC and right now I work as a Dell Service Provider on the hardware …continue reading

I *Heart* My OfficeJet G85

The inkjet printer market cracks me up. So many advances in print quality and technology, and yet most major manufacturers seem to design their printers to drive the sale of ink cartridges. Why do you think they are so eager to give many printers away …continue reading

Europa Universalis III Units

Europa Universalis III, which delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy, is an epic strategy game where players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire. Unparalleled in its depth and …continue reading

BlasterBall 3, The First Ever Web 2.0 User-Authored Video Game

The WildTangent Games Network (WGN), the fastest growing online games network in North America, today announced the release of the first ever Web 2.0 video game, BlasterBall 3. In a first for gamers worldwide, WildTangent Studios, the production arm of the WildTangent Games Network, …continue reading

SwapGame Announces The SwapGame Wii Giveaway

Leading online video games subscription service to give away one Nintendo Wii console to every 50th subscriber until December 31st, 2006! Ltd, the UK’s leading online video games subscription service, today announced the “SwapGame Wii Console Giveaway” promotion, awarding one brand new Nintendo …continue reading

Mozilla ActiveX Control

Okay, I came across something today that I have seen before, but haven’t looked at for quite a while now. It is the Mozilla ActiveX Control. Which is pretty nice in and of itself. For those of you familiar with the IE embedded …continue reading

WiWait for Apple for WiReless iPod Sync When It’s Here Now?

I’ve been saying since last Christmas here at SvenOnTech that iPods need Wi-Fi for an assortment of reasons. One very strong case for it is wireless syncing. My dream is to have the car parked in the garage and sync from my glove box, but …continue reading

Clues To How Diet Affects The Immune System

“This study may help explain the link between dietary fat consumption and inflammation and could be one of the critical links between metabolism and immune responses,” says senior author Professor Charles Mackay, Director of Sydney’s Garvan Institute’s Immunology Program.

Our intake of fats (fatty acids) …continue reading

Nike+iPod Sport Kit Raises Privacy Concerns

This holiday season, gift-givers may unwittingly give their favorite athlete a workout accessory that can double as a tracking device. Researchers in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington say there are serious privacy breaches posed by the gadget, which is marketed to …continue reading

CNET editor and former TechTVer James Kim and his family are missing

CNET editor and former TechTV Fresh Gear contributor and TechTV Lab analyst James Kim and his family has been missing since Saturday. ANY word, especially from people in the Oregon area is appreciated. The information below is from the San Fransisco Police …continue reading

Laptop On Fire – Interesting Video

I don’t know how accurate this video is in showing a laptop catching fire, but it is very interesting to watch. And I had previously covered the problem with laptop batteries and the subsequent recall being made by some of the OEM manufactures …continue reading

Advanced System Optimizer v2

ASOv2 includes 30+ tools to supercharge your PC’s performance, and more than 200 tweaks to customize Windows to your liking, and improve performance.

Version 2 has 30+ tools, including:

A spyware detective E-mail checker Icon manager Fast e-mailer Comprehensive backup tool for outlook & …continue reading

G-Zapper v1.45

G-Zapper helps you stay anonymous while searching Google by blocking and deleting the Google search cookie. Did you know that Google stores a unique identifier in a cookie on your PC, which allows it to track the keywords you search for? G-Zapper helps you …continue reading


I’m still very new to the city that I’m living in. Even though I used to only live about twenty minutes away from where I am now, it’s still a different location, and I hardly ever used to come over here before. Therefore, I’ve been …continue reading

Pin A Program To The Start Menu In Vista

Have you ever taken a closer look at your Start Menu? If you have, you’ll notice there are distinction sections. There is the All Programs option. Above this you have all sorts of programs, which can change if you hadn’t noticed. This is because these …continue reading

Change The Home Page In Internet Explorer v7.0

Each time you open Internet Explorer, an HTML page is displayed. This is referred to as the Home Page. By configuring the home page settings, you can specify which HTML page you want displayed when you open Internet Explorer.

To change the Home Page, open …continue reading

Fight Global Warming From Your Desktop With Local Cooling

Hilary Rogers of Uniblue writes:

Global warming and its impact on the environment is a hot topic in the news at the moment. As a software company, we are aware of the fact that the energy required to run the computers belonging to 660 million …continue reading

The Big O? Whatever Could That Mean?

Having used the service myself several times over the past few years with great satisfaction, I have to say that has some amazing deals running this holiday season. If you’re able to knock some of your shopping out this weekend, you might want to …continue reading

Free Image Editing Software

I go through spurts of photo editing: granddaughter, other family, nature stuff in season, travel shots, etc. Most folks with a digital camera or scanner have a need to do so occasionally.

We all know that the photo-editing application ne plus ultra is …continue reading

Online Operating System?

When it comes to personalized start pages, it seems like everybody is copying the next guy down the block. It has been a while since I have seen anything really new or different here. Personally I use Google’s personalized home page because of the Google …continue reading

Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications – New Version Released

On November 27th, 2006 Microsoft released a revamped version of its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool that it hopes will reduce complaints arising from paid-up users of Windows XP being told that their copy may be counterfeit.

This caused WGA validation to disallow …continue reading

Overview of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

The main benefit of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is the increase in the maximum allocatable system memory. Windows XP 32-bit is limited to a total of 4 GB, which is equally divided between applications and kernel. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition can support much …continue reading

Donald Trump to Launch His Own Video Games Console

I recently received this email from a friend of mine:

“For years Nintendo, Sega, Sony and recently Microsoft, have battled to conquer the video game industry. Although Sega has fallen from grace, the three “big ones” are continuing their success with their new releases.

In …continue reading

USB Flash Memory – Safely Removing From A Windows Based ME/2000/XP Computer

USB flash memory drives, aka thumb drives or handy drives, are a great way to store information and to transfer information from computer to computer. Simple to use and very affordable, the popularity of these drives has increased over the years. These drives are now …continue reading

Soviet Calculators Collection

One of the most widely used inventions over the past 50 years has been the handheld calculator. Say what you want about it, this little gizmo has made our life so much easier. If you think I’m wrong, try taking a math class with a …continue reading

Sites to Help You Do Stuff

If we can have Freeware Fridays, then why can’t we also have a little bit of Wednesday Link Love? In preparing for another small video project, I had to sign up for a handful of video upload accounts that I didn’t previously have. Of course, …continue reading

Wi-Fi And EMF Sensitivity

When we first hear about the very idea of Wi-Fi becoming a possible threat, many of us find ourselves tempted to dismiss the very notion as absurd. I mean, it’s just Wi-Fi and how much EM could this honestly be producing …continue reading

Probabilistic Underpinnings

This is the last column written in advance of my vacation, so if everything has gone well, I will be able to incorporate readers’ responses next week. If everything has not gone well, then that could be the basis of an interesting future column. These …continue reading